Improve Your Wireless (Signal) Strength For Mere Pennies
How can I boost my wireless signal strength?
Folks, in the past few weeks, I have been asked many times about what can be done to improve the wireless signal produced by a home router/WAP. A weak signal slows you down, can cause “connectivity issues” (aka “disconnects”) and – if you have roommates streaming videos/”downloading” – make your “web surfing experience” an exercise in frustration. So I think it’s time to repost this How To article..
- Replace your router’s firmware with a Linux-based system that allows for “antenna gain” adjustment. (Advanced) — free (some risk).
- Add a “reflector” (Simple) — free. (and.. today’s video!)
- Replace your antenna with a “signal boosting” (aka “range extending”) antenna, or a directional antenna. (Simple) — $25 -$50. (ths assumes your WAP has external, removable antennas.)
- Upgrade to a Wireless N router. (Simple) — $100 (or less).
I recommend the last option. Wireless N routers are quite reasonably priced now (as low as $40). But, if you have some tinfoil, scissors, and glue, I can tell you that a parabolic reflector will improve your signal (aka “gain”) .. in one direction, and it won’t cost you much more than a few minutes of your time to try it!
This short video tutorial demonstrates:
And the template is here, http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template2/index.html
And, you may want to look around the Internet some. There are, literally, thousands of these wireless signal boost “hacks” and tips. (No.. I never did try the Pringle’s can..)
Today’s quote: “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~ Albert Einstein
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